Banana & Spice Oatmeal Muffins

Happy Monday!

I had such a fun weekend. It was both wild, and calm. Of course, I’ll blog about that tomorrow! 🙂 I have about an hour to waste before heading to the gym, so I thought it would be a good time to share my banana spice oatmeal muffin recipe. I appreciated all the feedback about using a new recipe format for my posts, so now you can expect those printable versions! I’ve also been going back and adding a printable version to my older recipes. Under the recipe tab, there is a new one that says “printable.” Hoping to make this easier 🙂 
For the past month, I have been attending boot camp and athletic conditioning classes five times a week. I love to have food prepped and ready to go. It helps me stay on track, and makes my choices easier and healthier. I’ve been making healthy muffins for a pre-gym carb fix, and egg cups for a post. These banana muffins are perfect because of the potassium in the bananas. Potassium can be lost from the body during a serious sweat session, so it’s important to provide your body with enough. Potassium helps sore muscles and the function of muscles. It’s the perfect electrolyte! I find my workouts are always better when I have a banana before, and same with my long runs. 
This recipe is so easy to make. It doesn’t require a ton of ingredients, and it’s the perfect way to use up the old bananas. 


5 from 1 vote

Banana & Spice Oatmeal Muffins

I love keeping healthy muffins around the house for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. I have them with coffee, or before going to the gym! This recipe is healthy, clean, and delicious. 

Gluten Free! Dairy Free! No Sugar Added! Nut Free! No Butter! 

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 12
Author Taralynn McNitt


  • 2 Extra Large Over-ripened Bananas
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups Quick Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Swerve
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, mashed bananas, eggs, vanilla, almond extract, Swerve, cinnamon, chia seeds, ginger, sea salt, baking powder, and baking soda together. 

  3. Grease a muffin pan.

  4. Evenly distribute the batter into the twelve serving muffin pan. (approximately 1/3 cup) I also made a mini muffin batch. It made 48 mini muffins. 

  5. Bake 20-23 minutes.

  6. I stored mine in a container in the refrigerator. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition: 80 Calories, 14g Carbs, 2g Fat, 3g Protein, 1g Fiber, 7g Sugar

These muffins are full of flavor and have a soft and fluffy texture. They are so good with a little peanut butter on top and a side of coffee. 
I also made my second batch into mini muffins. I loved those as well! These muffins are so good, and you can’t even tell that they don’t have butter, sugar, dairy, gluten, or nuts! Kyle LOVED them. I’m making a new batch today with cocoa powder. And next week, a blueberry lemon! The weather has been so hot here lately, so adding the spice had me dreaming of fall 🙂 I didn’t take it as far as adding pumpkin, but soon, guys. Soon. 🙂
Questions for you!

  1. What is your favorite banana recipe?
  2. Anyone watching The Bachelorette tonight?
  3. Link me to a recipe on my blog that you would like me to add the printable version too!

Have a great week! In a blink of an eye, it’ll be Friday! xo xo


  • Jenn

    5 stars
    YUM! I didn’t see any amount for the almond extract in the recipe so I added a little extra vanilla. Also switched out Swerve for coconut sugar and added dark chocolate chips and walnuts – so delicious. Love how quick and easy this recipe is too! Thanks for another good one!

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  • The Sexy Knitter

    5 stars
    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this recipe! My husband and I are trying to make more healthy choices, which is always such a struggle, and these are the perfect thing for me to make at the beginning of the week so that he can have something easy to grab in the morning. I didn’t have any chia seeds on hand when I made the first batch, and if anyone else is wondering, they’ll turned out just fine – but I can’t wait to try them as written!

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  • Courtney

    4 stars
    I made these! I have made several of your recipes. I love the healthy alternatives! It has been crucial to my weight loss journey! I still have recipes from the tumblr days! LOVE love looovvvvve Taralyn!

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  • Megan

    I just made this and can’t wait for them to come out of the oven!! However, the recipe was hard to follow because you don’t have the ingredients in the instructions list in the same order from the ingredients list. And you talk about adding almond extract, but didn’t include that in the ingredients list. Just giving you some helpful constructive criticism:)

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  • Jessica

    5 stars
    Perfect recipe. We added gluten free oats and blueberries.

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  • Jackie Bruening

    Love your blog you have inspired me yo lose weight and love all the food recipe you give. Looking forward to more . Tryed the muffins and yummy.

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  • T

    5 stars
    Perfect! I added dark chocolate chips.

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  • Kelsey

    I have to make these!

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  • Kaitlin

    These look delicious! Any substitute recommendation if you don’t have Swerve?

    I’m not watching The Bachelorette this season, even though I’m a huge fan of that and The Bachelor… seems like I’m not missing much because everyone says it’s so boring!

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  • Jessica

    5 stars
    They were so good! I added chocolate chips!

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  • Tay

    5 stars
    Swerve is so good! Thank you for introducing me to it.

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  • Steph

    5 stars

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  • Rolan

    5 stars
    Made these last night and they were tasty

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  • Allison

    5 stars
    I made these tonight and love them! I don’t have Swerve (never heard of it!) and I didn’t want to use sugar so I subbed applesauce. I added 1/2 cup extra oats to balance out the liquid and it turned out really well. Next time I would add some extra cinnamon. 🙂 I’m definitely looking forward to trying one with a bit of almond butter before my run tomorrow morning! Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Brooklyn

    With peanut butter on top, yum!! These look delicious.

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  • Tobi

    5 stars
    They were perfect. I added chocolate chips!

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  • Cate

    I have been waiting for this recipe! Grabbing some ingredients after work.

    Reply to Cate
  • Tara @ Run and Live Happy

    5 stars
    I am making these as soon as my bananas turn a little! They sound phenomenal! I am going to put blueberries in them too! These will be great to meal prep for breakfasts and snacks! I’m really excited about them. LOL I am watching the Bachelorette, but it’s not that entertaining this season. I’m not as into it as I usually am. I’ll probably be watching it tomorrow on my DVR.

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  • Ali

    Holy moly! Yum! I want it to be fall so bad. California is blazing.

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  • Carly

    5 stars
    I’m so glad to see that my favorite blogger (you) has still been at it while I’ve been MIA from the online world! Commence binge reading now!

    These muffins look amazing! I need to go buy some bananas so I can make them ASAP! My favorite banana recipe isn’t really a recipe but I l-o-v-e banana pancakes!

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  • Cassie

    Oh wow, these look wonderful! I found that butternut squash can actually work well in substitution of mashed bananas! I’ll probably end up adding sliced banana on top for the delicious sweetness, of course! 😉

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  • Carrie

    Oh my gosh! These look amazing! I’m a sucker for anything with ginger or nutmeg. Definitely will be trying these out. Maybe with some White Chocolate Wonderful slapped on top? Ha!
    I hate, hate, hate the hot weather (and we are over 100 degree temps in California), so I am dreaming of fall…..and dreaming of decorating for Christmas. My kids are like…seriously? Stop singing Christmas songs! I’m getting ready to train for a half marathon and am dreading running in the heat. So, I feel ya.
    Banana bread (marbled with chocolate swirl) is probably my favorite banana recipe….and now, I want that, too.
    Love your blog…you had me at ‘coffee.’ 😉 Life in Charlotte seems pretty fantastic!

    Reply to Carrie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Life in Charlotte has been amazing 🙂 Finally found a good spot in life.

      OK. YES & YUM! White chocolate is good on anything!

      I walked through Hobby Lobby today and almost died inside when I saw all the Fall decor!

      XO XO

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    YUM! These look absolutely delicious.
    I’m in love with grab and go pre-workout snacks that I’VE made (so I know everything that goes in them!) so these are perfect! I bet they would be amazing fall treats with a little pumpkin added 🙂 (I’m a pumpkin freak).

    They’d also be great for a quick breakfast snack before work! And to help me not eat what the kiddos are having for breakfast at school haha.

    Reply to Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Susie!

      Pumpkin freak over here too!!! I love making pumpkin muffins :D:D:D:D

      I bet the kiddos would also love these! You can add cocoa powder to make them chocolatey!

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  • Juliette | Namastay Traveling

    5 stars
    Ah these look so good! I’m always looking for something to make once my bananas get brown, definitely pinning this to the fridge for later!

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  • Jessica Field

    5 stars
    Hi!! My favorite banana recipe is chocolate chip banana bread; it’s so so good! I’m not super into the Bachelorette, but I did watch when Chris Soles was on it because I’m from Iowa (go Hawks!!). I am actually a vegan so do you have any suggestions for replacing the egg in the recipe??

    Love your blog!! It always makes my day when I see that you’ve posted 🙂

    Reply to Jessica Field
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes, loved that season, but cannot believe the trouble he is in now!

      AND GO HAWKS!!!

      hmmmmmmmm what do you usually use as egg replacements? I’m not too good with that! I know that there are egg replacement’s in the baking section. I know someone will help you out in the comment section!:)

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  • Rebecca Forney

    5 stars

    This looks like a great recipe! Do you think I can substitute the swerve with maple syrup?

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  • Ashton Jury

    5 stars
    These look delicious, though I am eagerly awaiting fall so I can make your crust less pumpkin pies, without judgement! 😉 I have been all about the lemon and blueberry combo lately, its been super hot here (Southern California) I also tried a raspberry lemon muffin too and they turned out great! Can’t wait to read about your weekend, it sounds like a good time.

    I would have to say my favorite banana recipe is this one from the Sweet Phi blog:

    Or making pancakes with them, I had the best Banana Macadamia pancakes with coconut syrup when I was in Maui last fall.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Ashton!

      Hahaha I feel ya, girl! I feel ya. OHHHH I cannot WAIT to visit CALI!!! EEEK.

      Oh, that looks really good!! Love a new recipe to try.

      Those sound like incredible pancakes!

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  • Krista

    5 stars
    These look amazing! I love adding chia seeds (and sometimes even peanut butter) into baked goods to amp up their protein content!

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  • Nicole

    This recipe sounds awesome! Please add your cocoa and blueberry lemon versions once they are mastered.

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Taralynn, they look scrumptious! I’m a fan of all things oatmeal, so this should be perfect!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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